Discover: Jazz History


Bessie Smith, St. Louis Blues 1925 — Short Film

On this day, in 1925, the version sung by Bessie Smith, with Louis Armstrong on cornet, was inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame in 1993. “The St. Louis Blues”…

Jackie McLean, "Bluenik"

On this day, January 8, 1961..saxophonist Jackie McLean records "Bluesnik" with trumpeter Freddie Hubbard. The Allmusic review by Thom Jurek awarded the album 4½ stars and stated: "Many critics-as well…

"What's the Matter Now?"

Charlie Parker and Dizzy Gillespie recorded the classic "What's The Matter Now?" with vocalist Rubberlegs Williams this day in history!

Happy Birthday to Louis Armstrong!

Nikki Giron

Born on this day in 1901 was Louis Daniel Armstrong (Aug 4, 1901 – July 6, 1971), aka "Satchmo", "Satch", and "Pops", if you know Jazz, you know Louis Armstrong.…

Billie Holiday & Lester Young Friendship

Today is National Friendship Day! The intensely intimate but totally platonic relationship that developed between Young and Holiday from 1934 was publicly recognized during their lifetime. Prez & Lady Day:…

On this Day—Miles Davis: Blue Mood

Genre: Jazz, cool jazz Label: Debut Recorded: July 9, 1955 Miles Davis, Charles Mingus and Elvin Jones on the same recording? Yes, it happened. And it happened on this day…

Happy Birthday to Stan Getz and Sonny Stitt!

Today we celebrate the birthday anniversary of two virtuosic saxophonists who were different in many ways, but both of whom shared a passion for the playing of Lester Young:Sonny Stitt…

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